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good evening to you. we can all confess the truth tonight. a lot of us barely pay attention to those announcements at the start of an airplane flight. the ones ordering passengers to turn off electronic devices. cell phones, ipods. they tend to seem routine by now, an excess of caution. but tonight, an exclusive from brian ross who obtained confidential testing and evidence in the ways some planes are very vulnerable to those devices. and he is with us now. brian? >> reporter: good evening, diane. this new report describes what could be some very scary see noir owes, especially at lower altitudes on older aircraft involving just one cell phone. >> please power down and stow away all electronic devices. >> reporter: passengers have long been skeptical that their cell phones could actually lead to a problem on a huge airliner. >> do i obey? no. >> reporter: but now a confidential industry study,
obtained by abc news, reveals some 75 instances over the last six years in which airline pilots and engineers connected cell phones to serious safety issues. one example? on a 747 at 4,500 feet when the "autopilot disengaged by itself." flight attendants were sent through the cabin and discovered four passengers still using their electronic devices. after passengers were told to turn them off, aircraft proceeded without further incident. >> there's wireless equipment over head. >> reporter: dave carson of boeing says even the e missions from just one cell phone can throw off sensitive electronic sensors located throughout the passenger cabin. that powerful? >> it is when it goes in the right place at the right time. >> reporter: boeing engineers are especially concerned about planes landing in low visibility conditions and losing their instrument landing system or getting false readings. >> it could tell you that you are to the right of the runway
when you are left or just completely wipe out the signal so that you didn't get any indication of where you are coming in. >> reporter: at boeing's electronic testing lab in seattle, engineers showed abc news how certain devices send off signals greater than what boeing says is an acceptable limit, indicated by the green line. a blackberry. an iphone. even an ipad, whose clock circuitry emits several spikes over the limit. at airports today, some passengers were paying close attention following the abc news report. >> i think "what's one cell phone going to do, really?", but after seeing the report, the phone goes off from here on. >> reporter: newer aircraft are being designed to being better shielded from cell phone interferen interference. but aviation experts say there will still be many, many on the ground, in the air that are not shielded and it will be years before any change in the rules can even be considered, diane. >> all right, new reason to pay
attention to that warning. thank you, brian. and we turn now to an open rebellion against republican presidential candidate newt gingrich today, and by his own staff. entire inner circle is gone. they stood up in a meeting and walked out on him. why? jake tapper takes us inside the gingrich meltdown today. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. sources close to gingrich say the campaign has a huge debt that is part of the motivation behind this incredibly dramatic rebellion, call it, a newtiny. in new hampshire yesterday, newt gingrich said a manufacturing company's streamlined process would be a model for his presidency. >> all the new appointees in my administration reaswill be invo in this kind of approach. >> reporter: but gingrich is having trouble holding on to his current campaign appointees. including his campaign manager, senior advisers in early primary states iowa, new hampshire and south carolina. and, his devoted spokesman of a dozen years, rick tyler, who told abc news, we had a
fundamental difference of opinion about the direction of the campaign. specifically about "whether newt's schedule would allow him to spend enough time in states he needs to win." republicans grumble gingrich has been characteristically undisciplined -- only on the campaign trail for 12 of the last 36 days -- a constant source of frustration for his staff. stunning his staff even further, with only two months until the iowa straw poll, last week, gingrich took his third wife calista on a week long luxury cruise to the greek islands. gingrich launched his campaign just last month. right out of the gate, he attacked a medicare plan popular with house republicans. >> i don't think right wing social engineering is any more desirable than left wing social engineering. >> reporter: that alienated both establish republicans and grass roots voters like this man. >> why don't you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself? >> reporter: then came the story of how gingrich and his wife had
racked an up to half million dollar at high end jeweler tiffany's. >> it's my private life. go talk to tiffany's. all i'm telling you is we are very frugal. >> not only was it all too much, there was no indication among the senior staff that anything was going to change. >> reporter: part of the intrigue here is that two of the senior staffers who resigned today are also close with texas governor rick perry, who is contemplating a presidential run. we do not yet know if they are abandoning ship or jumping ship. as for gingrich, he says the campaign begins anew on sunday. diane? >> what a drama. jake, thank you. and we have news tonight about the cars we buy an their safety on the road. a big relief for everyone worried that suvs have a rollover problem. lisa stark tells us about new report showing which cars are the safest, which are not. >> reporter: this was the risk in a suv. deadly rollovers. just a jerk of the steering wheel could send the vehicle tumbling.
now? >> suchs are among the safest vehicles. >> reporter: one big reason? electronic stability control. it dramatically cuts rollover risk. here's an suv without stability control. here's one with it. the system senses when a vehicle is skidding, and then automatically applies the brakes to individual wheels to keep the driver from losing control. automakers began adding it to suvs in large numbers about five years ago. now it is standard equipment in all new sports utility vehicles. rollover deaths in suvs are down 66% from older models compared to more recent ones. stability control helps in cars, too. the car on top has it. the one on the bottom doesn't. these systems required in all new vehicles by 2012. >> any vehicle purchase now the consumer should be sure that the vehicle comes with electronic stability control. >> reporter: perhaps the most surprising finding in the new
study is that drivers are now less likely to die in an accident in a new suv than they are in a car. with the rollover risk reduced, the suv's extra height and weight help protect in an accident. and so what was once unthinkable, the insurance institute says parents of teen drivers can now consider a new suv. lisa stark, abc news, washington. and a check where your car falls on the list of the safest cars. go to abcnews.com/worldnews. and, it was a dangerously hot day again for 200 million americans, from texas to the northeast, where temperatures above 100 toppled more than a dozen records. seven people have died. and one thermometer showed the heat inside a car soaring to 110 degrees in less than five minutes. and in bone dry eastern arizona, that monster wildfire is on the move tonight. flames 150 feet high, smoke spreading more than 1,000 miles.
last night, we told you the fire was bigger than chicago. tonight, it's bigger than chicago and new york city combined. clayton sandell reports from springerville, arizona. >> reporter: firefighters tried desperately today to hold the lines against a fire that secured a cruel victory. searing flames forced crews to retreat from the town of greer overnight where several homes were destroyed. you can see just how fast it spread. exploding in size as it spread north. 11 days old now, it hasn't stopped growing. alex hoon knows the science behind what is driving these monster flames. one problem -- the fire is creating its own weather. forming something called a pyrocumulus cloud. >> it's so intense, it has so much heat, it forms its own thunderstorm at the top of the smoke plume. >> reporter: they are bad news, creating winds that start new fires by hurling debris has far as five miles through the air. >> i've seen flaming pine cones.
the amount of heat that's generating, it can shoot stuff off very, very far. >> reporter: science may help understand fires, but it doesn't help evacuees anne and harvey cook decide what to take with them. that is driven by the heart. >> you should see what we already took out. we took out a ton of memories because -- >> reporter: the soderberg family struggles with taking things that are practical, like birth certificates, along with the sentimental. >> these are all the belt buckles she's won barrel racing, so that has to go. >> reporter: for them, evacuating is slightly more complicated with two pigs, five horses and seven dogs. water dropping helicopters and airplanes have been attacking this fire from the air all day. but with more hot, dry weather in the next few days, they're going to be at it for awhile. diane? >> clayton sandell reporting from arizona tonight. and, one social note, a
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american family. >> reporter: hello? >> reporter: hi! "world news." >> reporter: meet the stewarts. mom, danielle, the kids. and dad would meet us at the dealership. ready to buy a new car? >> we're so ready. >> reporter: who could forget that ride to the dealership, in the ford explorer they bought before the kids were born. more than 111,000 miles. this is frightening. this is the thing that goes in between the seats. i mean -- what good is this? >> reporter: i smell something. >> reporter: the transmission dying -- 30 is about as fast as it will go right now. >> pretty much. >> reporter: the engine light flashing. you need a running start on the hills? we got there. dad had been waiting and waiting. but still waving. >> reporter: the stewarts' first stop, the toyota dealership. top selling in 13 of the last 14 years. they were off. >> very smooth ride. comfortable inside.
>> reporter: we keep going. next up, ford and the ford escape. the most popular compact suv in america. start your engines. they were off again. as they took that escape for a test drive, with an eye on gas mileage and room for the kids, what the kid they didn't know i were asking questions, too. >> reporter: we traveled to the ford plant in kansas city, missouri, asking where the parts from the ford escape comes from. the glass, where is that from? >> tennessee. >> reporter: door? >> chicago. door panel from illinois. the carpet from ohio. the seats are built right here. >> reporter: what about this back window? >> that's -- comes from mexico. >> reporter: and we kept going. the instrument panel? illinois. the electronics? mexico. the transmission? japan. the doors, illinois, the carpet, ohio. >> reporter: we also travel told the toyota plant in georgetown, kentucky.
where the camry is made. the seats from kentucky. tires, south carolina. but the camry seat belts are from canada and the radio parts, mexico. while back at the dealership -- >> reporter: the stewarts we were -- which car did they like more? the other big reveal is which car delivers. just how american it is. >> will be --
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and finally tonight, something, it turns out, every one of us can do to help ail chief those little victories. dan harris on a simple thing that could change your day. >> reporter: you are looking at something you can do that could change your day, and maybe your life. it's toward the end of game three in the nba finals, and miami heat star chris bosh makes a bad play, turning over the ball. he's visibly unhappy, exchanging words with a teammate. but look what happens when he gets back on defense. he gives that teammate, dwyane wade, a reassuring pat, and then another one. take a look again. one tap. then another. >> there's one touch and another touch. >> reporter: these two scientists from uc-berkeley studied every team in the nba, and found the teams who touched the most, won the most. >> touch instills trust. it contagiously spreads good
will, it makes players play better on behalf of each other. >> reporter: the scientists say in your every day life, you can use the power of touch, which can trigger the release of oxytocin in the brain, a chemical that induces trust. so, if i have a repair man in my apartment and trying to get him to fix the sink and he's telling me it's going to take two weeks. do you think a pat on the back can get him to do it in a week instead of two weeks? >> i do. that pat on the back will engage a lot of these processes, and makes the person want to do better work. >> reporter: studies have shown waitresses who touch customers get better tips and doctors who touch patients get more favorable reviews. we also learned that petition gatherers that touched passers-by get more signatures. 60% of the people i touched signed. back in game three of the nba finals, just minutes after chris bosh gave those reassuring taps
to his teammate, with 30 seconds left in the game, he hit the winning basket. dan harris, abc news, berkeley, california. >> you can see more on the secret power of touch tonight on "nightline." and, by the way, you can see the heat face off against the mavericks in game five of the nba finals tonight, right here on abc. thank you for watching. we are also on the news at abcnews.com. we'll see you right back here tomorrow and hope you have a great night. look, every day we're using more and more energy.
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